10th Table Top Tuesday - Prof. Designer Kit. Staging
Thank you so much for joining Table Top Tuesday. I really look forward to seeing all the wonderful vignettes you've created.
I have a wonderful friend who designs and stages million dollar homes for a custom builder. She was visiting and when I mentioned I was redoing all the tables and bookcases in the Familyroom, and the Kitchen was next. She said, let me do it. Yippee!!!! Of course I said yes, and teach me while you do it. Now I certainly don't have a million dollar home or accessories to match, but boy did she go to town shopping the house. Sorry lots of pictures, but I thought it was interesting.
This is what the kitchen looked like when she started.
This is what she created, version One. I couldn't believe that she did three versions.
Lesson #1. Since this is the view you see from the Dining Room, she wanted something to draw a person in. She chose to put my tureen on the counter since it really catches your eye.
Lesson #2. Tie the kitchen into the rest of the area. This is a napkin with colors that tie into the FR and BR. She used it to ground the tureen.
Lesson #3. Since I just redid the coffee table, end tables and bookcases in the family room in what she called a sort of Bahama-Ralph Lauren style, she wanted to take most of the country out of the kitchen. She started with the corner since that is the most predominant area in the kitchen that you see first.
She mixed some green apples in with the lemons since I didn't have limes and kept the scale and grapes.
She kept this scale with the cheese and grapes, wheat and the little basket of eggs.
She took an old world container and filled it with dried hydranges and beaded grass. A little rooster and she was happy.
On the left of the stove, she created this little vignette. She wound some ivy inside and outside of the wire cloche and placed the rooster next to it.
On the far right corner of the kitchen, I told her I had to keep the bread box since it holds all my cookbooks and my mom made it. She thought it was a little country, but smiled and said we'll make it work. Gotta' love her.
She even redid my rooster planter for the breakfast table.
Version Two -
She put the rooster planter on the island and redid the rest of the counters totally different.
She added the small rooster, some grapes and placed the rooster planter on a platter.
Since I had to have it, she moved the bread box over next to the coffee pot.
Then she created totally different vignettes on the counters.
The plate Bill sent me, a cookbook, wheat, scale and the old malt mixer all seem to go together.
This old malt mixer was one my mom had when I was a kid. My children, grandchildren and I love to make malts. So good. It has always been next to the coffee pot before.
The corner got some changes too. She stood the wicker tray as the backdrop, added the green jar, a wicker placemat to ground everything, a cork pear and apple and an apothecary jar full of pasta.
She liked all the counters now and thought the old world theme was working with the rest of the room, but she wasn't pleased with the island, so she created another vignette.
A cookbook opened up, one of my tortoise chargers filled with wisks, measuring spoons and cups and my special oils in an iron carrier, some grapes and she was happy.
Totally different look.
She did all of this is about 2 hours and kept me laughing the whole time. She just shopped the house, pantry and all the kitchen cabinets. I was totally fascinated at her creativity and imagination.